— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) July 4, 2015
With the Lib Dem leadership race drawing to a close the favourite, ex-party president Tim Farron, according to the Observer, has said that the UK should take 60,000 immigrants to help deal with the current crisis. According to Toby Helm’s report:
“..â€œWe should support this because we are decent people. Our party should not have a mixed message about this. We should not turn people away,â€ he said.
The former Lib Dem president has written to David Cameron to say the UK should be proud of its record on taking in refugees, citing the admission of many thousands of Ugandan Asians who were expelled by President Idi Amin in 1972… “
In my judgement this is a wise move by Farron which will resonate well with the 60,000 party members who are currently voting on who should succeed Nick Clegg.
All the polling suggests that Lib Dem voters have a different view on immigration from those of other parties and my guess is that this will be more so with actual party members.
This call will help Farron reinforce his liberal credentials which have come under attack from some quarters in the campaign.